Dr. Malcolm Knight
Medical Advisory Board Chairman
Dr. Malcolm Knight is a Food & Beverage Company Professional, Senior
Executive, trusted advisor and change agent who combines Food Production, Food Safety
& Quality, Product Development, Technical, and General Management experience. Graduate
of Kings College, London University, UK with a double honors B.Sc. and PhD in food
chemistry. Combines vision and technical expertise with the ability to build top
performing teams to drive revenue and productivity improvements. A British national,
who has worked in many parts of the world, including USA, Africa, Asia and across
Europe. Lived & worked in the US for the past 10 years. Excels at developing and
strengthening product position, developing profitable client relationships, and
creating and expanding market opportunities. Retail experience with J Sainsbury plc
and as a supplier to Marks & Spencers. Six years Beverage experience as SVP of
PomWonderful LLC and also actively involved with its sister company, Fiji Water,
based in Los Angeles. Both companies were start-up’s and are now in 70+ countries
around the world. Ten years of Ambient Food experience with H J Heinz. Also Frozen,
Chilled Food and Beverage industry experience. Conducts food safety investigations on
behalf of manufacturers and retailers and provides expert witness evidence and reports
in legal cases. Deep and broad experience across food and beverage sector as well as
exposure to other environments including Government, FDA and Trade Associations.
Past Chairman of the UK Chilled Food Association.
Lawrence J. Checkin
MD, FACP, FTOS
Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, FACP, FTOS is Associate Professor, Health,
Behavior & Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with appointments
in Medicine (GI); International Health (Human Nutrition), and Public Health Studies.
He directs the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, a multidisciplinary clinical research
and treatment program that he founded in 1990. He is also Associate Director of the Global
Obesity Prevention Center at Johns Hopkins, and directs its Pilot Studies Core, which evaluates
timely, systems-focused proposals worldwide to study such areas as school policies and
the built environment’s effect on factors relevant to preventing childhood obesity.
Dr. Cheskin’s career has been dedicated to research, education, and program building
in the service of combatting obesity, through both treatment and prevention. His work
is at the intersection of public health and clinical medicine: it applies knowledge gained
through rigorous clinical investigation, for example through the multi-center Look AHEAD
trial he has played a key role in since its inception, to the community and beyond.
His work has impacted the problem of obesity through innovative treatment paradigms
disseminated through practice (as modeled by the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center);
through application of new treatment paradigms in community-based participatory research,
particularly among the underserved in Baltimore, Maryland; and through teaching and mentoring
of the next generation of public health and clinical scholars dedicated to obesity.
Most recently, he is studying obesity progression, costs, and treatment using Markov
micro-simulation modeling; using mHealth as a tool to enhance obesity treatment; and,
through a rigorous multimodal clinical trial, testing the hypothesis that obesity is
treatable, and weight control can be sustained in a vulnerable urban minority population
when a comprehensive approach is offered which partners with resources in the community.
He has over 150 peer-reviewed journal publications, and has written 7 books.
Dr. Miller is a cardiologist and world authority in heart disease prevention
whose original research was the first to show the benefit of positive emotions on the cardiovascular
system. He is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health at the University
of Maryland School of Medicine.
Dr. Miller is past president of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology, chaired the American
Heart Association's national statement on triglycerides and heart disease and is a Council Member of
the AHA Nutrition and Lifestyle Committee. He has been listed in "Most Influential Physicians" (USA Today),
"Super Doctors" (Washington Post), and "America's Top Doctors" (U.S. News and World Report in partnership
with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd). He has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, 20/20, Rachael Ray and
the Discovery Channel and his revolutionary insights have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times,
Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Times of London and Scientific American.
Dr. Miller's new book, "Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription to Prevent and Reverse Heart
Disease " (Rodale) tells the story of why positive emotions are critically important for optimal
heart health. Drawing upon 25-years of patient care and scientific research experience, his groundbreaking
plan will tell you exactly how you can boost your positive emotions and the specific dietary nutrients
that rejuvenate your heart, lower blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, skyrocket your mood and cut your
risk of heart disease and stroke in half. These nutrients are available in Pressed Juicery products.
Dr. Miller completed undergraduate and medical school at Rutgers, followed by residency at the University of
Cincinnati He then completed fellowship training in lipoprotein metabolism and cardiology at Johns Hopkins.
He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Clinical Lipidology.
Lisa M. Davis
PhD, PA-C, CNS, LDN
Dr. Lisa Davis currently serves as a consultant for scientific, medical, and nutritional products and
research. She is also the founder and president of Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Eco-Retreat, a
nonprofit farm animal rescue that provides lifelong sanctuary to animals who have been abused, neglected,
or who are unwanted.
Dr. Davis joined Medifast, Inc. in 2007 as V.P. of Research and Development. For seven years she headed
the Nutrition Support, Product Development, and Clinical Research divisions and provided strategic
leadership on nutrition science, health, and product development. She also served as Chief Medical Officer
for the company and was Principal Investigator on several clinical research trials evaluating the safety
and efficacy of products and programs.
Prior to her position at Medifast, Inc., Dr. Davis was both a faculty Research Associate at Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health and a clinician at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. At Johns Hopkins,
she established a pre-surgery weight loss program for gastric bypass and lap-band surgical patients. Prior to
her years at Hopkins, she practiced internal medicine at Gateway Medical Associates/Chester County Hospital
and was the Medical Consultant for Northwestern Human Services - a mental health/polysubstance abuse facility.
She also counseled patients as a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Dr. Davis has authored or co-authored two books, and a number of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles,
as well as being an ad hoc scientific journal reviewer. Dr. Davis holds a master’s degree and PhD in Nutrition
and is a Licensed Dietitian and Clinical Nutrition Specialist. She earned her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health, where she specialized in obesity research, concentrating on the relationship between
obesity, neurochemistry, inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. She earned
her Master’s degree in Nutrition from Immaculata University, her bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University
of America, and her physician assistant training from MCP/Hahnemann University.
Joe Alcock MD MSCR is an academic emergency physician in Albuquerque NM. He received his MD from UCLA School of
Medicine in 1997 and was trained in emergency medicine the University of New Mexico where he also received a degree
in translational and clinical research. Dr. Alcock served as the Chief of the Emergency Medicine Service at the
New Mexico VA Healthcare System and currently is on the faculty of the University of New Mexico. Dr. Alcock’s research
interests are in the area of evolutionary biology and the microbiome and currently studies the effects of diet,
stress and sleep on the microbiome.